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Visiting Popeye’s Home Town

Debbie Brooks has been a Popeye fan for decades.  Along with her husband, Mike they've collected thousands of Popeye trinkets, statues, figures, dolls, and ever...

Three Quirky Spots In Idaho

Idaho Potato Museum It should be no surprise that a museum exists in the state of Idaho dedicated to its most notable icon - the potato. The museum features...

The Day I Spent In A Missouri Prison

Ray Miller is 82 years old.  He's been a tour guide at the now vacant Missouri State Penitentiary for the past ten years.  At his age, he has plenty of stories ...

Is Oxford Mississippi’s Coolest Town?

The state of Mississippi often gets a bad rap.  As a travel journalist, I've definitely encountered people that perfectly fall into the typical southern stereot...

No Wonder Lafayette Is So Happy

After a week in Lafayette, it's no wonder this vibrant Louisiana town is often called the "happiest city in America".   The constant sound of native music, the ...

Why It’s Awesome To Be Alive In 2017.

It never fails.  Every time I do my grocery shopping, I wind up walking down the aisle with all of the salad dressing and think to myself - "is this a great cou...

See Little Rock: 7 Things, 1 Day.

Little Rock is one of my favorite cities in the south.  People are often surprised when I talk about how many fun things there are to see and do in the Arkansas...

Take A Genius Road Trip. Literally.

Some say it's part of flyover country, others honestly don't even know where it is.  (Not joking - when I lived in California, some of my friends had no idea wh...

Where Walt Disney Found His Magic

Inez Johnson unfurls the "we're open" flag outside the historic, refurbished train depot in rural Marceline, Missouri.  The trains still come by each day, in fa...